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As Crime Takes Over NYC, Voters Head to Polls for Mayoral Primary

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Amid soaring levels of crime, New Yorkers will travel to the polls Tuesday to vote in the city’s first mayoral primary using ranked-choice voting.

The new election system will allow voters to choose and rank up to five candidates for their preferred political party. Candidates must procure more than 50 percent of the vote to declare victory, but current projections suggest that no single Democratic candidate will reach the threshold.

Run-off elections could take until July to administer and count.

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The race for the Democratic nominee is now dominated by four candidates — Eric Adams, Brooklyn’s borough president; Kathryn Garcia, former sanitation commissioner; Maya Wiley, former counsel for Mayor Bill de Blasio; and Andrew Yang, former Democratic presidential candidate.

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The Democratic nominee will run against either Fernando Mateo or Curtis Sliwa — the two candidates vying for the Republican nomination, according to The New York Times.

Voters will also decide on races for city comptroller, Manhattan district attorney and a chorus of other city council primaries.

Of the many topics concerning New Yorkers, crime and mental illness have taken the forefront.

Since last year, New York City has experienced an across-the-board spike in crime. Compared with May 2020, the overall crime index increased 22 percent, according to a statement from the New York Police Department.

The overall increase has been “driven by a 46.7% increase in robbery … and a 35.6% increase in grand larceny.” Shooting incidents have also increased 73 percent compared with May 2020.

“NYPD cops have shown us time and again they are willing to go in harm’s way on behalf of all New Yorkers,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said.

“It is this commitment to our collective public safety — in tandem with the communities we serve — that will allow our great city to prevail in the challenges we face together.”

According to WABC-TV, a family of six was targeted in a suspected drive-by attack on Sunday, which put one woman in a critical condition. The alleged attackers rammed their Jeep into the crowd, then fled after firing gunshots into the air.

“We were just talking normally until a car came out of nowhere and hit us, with no particular reason,” a family member said. “And it wasn’t an accident, because the way they came from, they were speeding up for us.”

City police have had trouble balancing the interests of their communities and the interests of their public unions. Rising crime rates, intensified by concerns about mental illness, have pushed candidates to offer substantive solutions to the city’s problems.

“We need to get them the care that they need, but that will also supercharge our economic recovery because we all see these mentally ill people on our streets and subways, and you know who else sees them? Tourists,” Yang told conservative host John Catsimatidis, according to The Times.

“And then they don’t come back, and they tell their friends, ‘Don’t go to New York City.’”

The former presidential hopeful is a front-runner for the nomination. His comments have sparked ire among the other candidates.

“We’re never going to get our jobs back and our economy back if we don’t get the mentally ill people who are on our streets in a better environment,” Yang added.

“Yes, mentally ill people have rights, but you know who else [has] rights? We do,” he said during a debate last week.

“The people and families of the city.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.


Family Escapes Through 2nd-Story Window During Armed Standoff After Suspect Barricades Door: Report

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On July 25, in Auburn, Alabama, a man reportedly put his family, his neighborhood, first responders and himself in a very dangerous position. Calls came into the Auburn Police District around 7:00 p.m. reporting a domestic violence incident in the Camden Ridge Subdivision. When police arrived, the man reportedly began firing at them with a handgun. Police fired back, and the man retreated into the home, where he also had his family trapped in a room. Thanks to the police and fire department coming together and working smarter instead of harder, the situation was resolved without injury to the family members trapped upstairs. It was firefighter Andrew Kiser, Chief of Police Cedric Anderson and Shift Supervisor Lt. Cody Hill who were responsible for carrying out the daring rescue that helped bring the threat to an end. While the shooter refused to exit the house, the men carried a ladder to the house and set it up to reach one of the second-story windows, where they learned the man’s family had been trapped. While Anderson held the ladder steady, Hill climbed the ladder and Kiser assisted the family as they climbed out of the window. With the family out of the way, Lee County SWAT was able to enter the house and capture the suspect. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South after he was found to have sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound. “Auburn PD Alerts: Heavy Police Activity in the Camden Ridge Subdivision, in the area of Wedgewood Ct.,” a public safety alert for the area read, according to WRBL-TV. “The scene is secure at this time, NO ONGOING THREAT.” Auburn Assistant Police Chief Clarence Stewart praised the efforts of all involved, highlighting how each group present played an important role in…

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After Receiving Call About Blazing Attic Fire, Police Rescue Man Trapped Inside Smoke-Filled Bedroom

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A family in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, woke up just before midnight on Sunday and sensed something was wrong. They called 911 at around 11:38 p.m., reporting a “possible fire at the residence,” according to The Journal NJ. Officers Ryan Anzalone, Donna Gonzalez, Michael Morgante and Colin Murray with the Marlboro Township Police Department were first on the scene and quickly assessed the situation. They found smoke pouring out of the attic, but were relieved to see the family appeared to have exited the home. After a short time, though, the family realized one of their members was not with them, and was likely still trapped inside on the second floor. Gonzalez and Anzalone charged in and found the man, as described, in a bedroom on the second floor. By the time they got there, the room was “completely filled with smoke,” but they managed to rescue the resident. The fire department had a difficult time accessing the home due to the long, narrow driveway and a large landscaping rock. “While enroute Chief 2-66 was advised of heavy smoke from the attic,” the Robertsville Volunteer Fire Co. #1 posted on Facebook. “At the time the mutual aid response plan was put in place and the box alarm was requested to bring in initial assistance.” “Upon the arrival of 2-66 Chief advised the house was located down a 180 foot narrow driveway. Once engine 2-75 arrived there was trouble accessing the house due to a large ornamental boulder and trees. Members of the engine and police moved the 400lb boulder so the engine could get to the house and attack the fire. “As the incident progressed, the second alarm mutual aid plan was requested for this deep seated, hard to access attic fire.” The two officers who…

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